To the Rescue of Art: Twenty-Six Essays

To the Rescue of Art: Twenty-Six Essays

by Rudolf Arnheim
     
 

Never before published essays by the widely admired psychologist of art. Arnheim spiritedly asserts art's fundamental achievements.

Rudolf Arnheim has spent a lifetime analyzing the basic psychological principles that make works of visual art meaningful, stirring, indispensable, and lasting. But recent fashionable attitudes and theories about art, he argues, are

Overview

Never before published essays by the widely admired psychologist of art. Arnheim spiritedly asserts art's fundamental achievements.

Rudolf Arnheim has spent a lifetime analyzing the basic psychological principles that make works of visual art meaningful, stirring, indispensable, and lasting. But recent fashionable attitudes and theories about art, he argues, are undermining the foundation of artistic achievement itself.

The essays collected in this volume are written in his familiar, careful, and solidly supported manner, but under present circumstances they amount to a call to arms.
Included is a series of miniature monographs on a variety of great works of art.
In other essays, Arnheim uncovers enlightening perspectives in the art of the blind, in architectural space, in caricature, and in the work of psychotics and autistic children. He also presents new scientific aspects on the psychology of art and widens our range of vision by connecting art with language, literature, and religion.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This book comprises 25 essays written mostly in the 1980s. Many have never been published; others were reworked or spliced together from previously published articles. The topics covered are quite diverse, although they are mainly centered around the author's specialty--the psychology of art. Here the reader can find insightful investigations into the problems of perception, conceptualization, and epistemology as they relate to visual arts, music, and the written word; the arts of the mentally and perceptually impaired; gestalt psychology; and the religious nature/function of art. As such, this volume is not as polemical as the title suggests. Rather, the essays attempt to demonstrate, positively, how the arts provide meaning for human beings by helping them to sort out satisfactorily the perceptual/conceptual problems we encounter in everyday life. The author is truly at his best when he is exploring these problems in light of their philosophical ramifications. As a whole the book is well written and will complement well Arnheim's other seminal works on the psychology of art. Highly recommended.-- David B. Hegeman, Kings Coll . Lib . , Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520074583
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
12/19/1991
Pages:
243
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.33(h) x 0.93(d)

Meet the Author

Rudolf Arnheim taught at Sarah Lawrence College for many years and was the first Professor of the Psychology of Art at Harvard. He taught at the University of Michigan after his retirement and is the author of ten other books, all published by the University of California Press.

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